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About Kisco Senior Living LLC
"If my parents were to live in a retirement community, what would I want it to be like? And how would I want them to be treated?" Those were the thoughts running through the head of Kisco Senior Living founder and president Andrew Kohlberg after he acquired the company's first retirement community after its founding in Carlsbad, Calif., in 1990. Today, Kisco provides many different living options for seniors, from active communities to assisted living, skilled nursing to memory care.
Located in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Nevada, California - and, soon, Hawaii - Kisco's 22 senior-living communities offer a wide array of services and an "enriched lifestyle" through skilled nursing services and programs aimed at improving and maintaining physical and mental health. Kisco has built its reputation on its core beliefs of integrity, dignity, and compassion for all residents. The company's personalized approach ensures its employees treat everyone with respect and kindness within a welcoming, inclusive environment meant to be comfortable for residents, families, and friends. As the company's motto states, "At Kisco Senior Living, we aren't aiming to be the biggest. We are aiming to be the best."
With nearly 1,500 employees and more than 3,300 senior-living units, with more currently in development at multiple sites, Kisco Senior Living's independent-living residences make up two- thirds of its property portfolio. The total number of units in each community range from 63 to 264, but the average size is closer to 160 units.
A Lifestyle for Every Need
Kisco's senior population can discover a living situation perfect for every need. Fully independent seniors age 55 and up enjoy apartments where they prepare their own meals and do not require any services or assistance. For socialization opportunities, residents enjoy game rooms and planned activities and events.
In Kisco Senior Living's independent-living communities, the lifestyle is similar to that of seniors with no medical or personal needs, but requires a monthly fee for services that include housekeeping and linens and transportation to appointments and activities. The fee also includes on-site dining facilities for meals.
For those who require help with activities of daily living (ADLs), Kisco Senior Living's assisted- living residences fit the bill. Ideal for seniors who are unable to live independently, this type of apartment dwelling involves disbursement of medications and help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, and eating. Some of these communities are set up to accept residents with Alzheimer's or other memory-care issues.
Kisco Senior Living's nursing home properties have a skilled nursing staff and facilities to ensure 24-hour nursing and medical care for most of its residents. Some locations may be able to reimburse residents for costs through Medicaid and/or Medicare. Occasionally, the property may have some assisted-living or memory-care residences on-site. Currently under construction, Kisco's Ilima at Leihano community in Kapolei, Hawaii, will be one of the company's properties providing memory care services.
Some Kisco Senior Living-owned locations are classified as continuing-care retirement communities (CCRCs), in which senior residents can live no matter how their needs evolve over time. Rental programs, costs, and fees vary according to the level of care, whether independent living, assisted living, or skilled nursing services.
Award-Winning Communities and a Professional Staff
Kisco Senior Living, which is one of the top 40 largest senior living companies in the nation as compiled by the American Senior Housing Association, has garnered nearly three dozen awards since 1999, including the ICAA Innovators Award for "100 Ways to Wellness" and an "Excellence in Dementia Care" distinction from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Additionally, individual Kisco communities have been recognized in a number of design categories for their architecture and layout planning. In 2002, Kohlberg received the SAGE Person of the Year Award from the Building Industry of Southern California's Seniors Housing Council; the following year, he was awarded the ICON Award in the Service Enriched Builder/Developer category from the National Association of Home Builders.
Kisco's employees, who they see as "associates," have the training to respond immediately to any concerns and needs put forth by community residents and help residents to be as independent as possible. Working as a team at a highly professional level, Kisco Senior Living encourages its staff members to continually improve their skills and fosters open channels of communication.
Services and Amenities
Independent-living apartments (studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms) require a monthly rental fee and are fully equipped with amenities such as a kitchen/kitchenette, private baths, blinds, carpeting, cable TV hookups, individual climate controls, private patio or balcony, built- in bookshelves, and a walk-in closet. Safety is paramount at all locations, so smoke detectors and fire sprinklers add to the peace of mind when living in a Kisco community.
Outside of their apartments, residents may have access to parking facilities, a salon or barbershop, and a library. On-site dining facilities serve three restaurant-style meals each day, while a country store is the place to pick up a snack. Socialization is encouraged in the billiard/game rooms, which provide activities that keep seniors physically and mentally engaged. Want to head off-campus? The transportation services take residents wherever they need to go, whether it's to a doctor's appointment or shopping at a nearby mall.
Some properties boast heated swimming pools and courtyards where residents can enjoy the outdoors, particularly in warmer climates. Beautifully landscaped grounds give way to fountains and topographical features such as lakes and rolling hills. Residents at certain properties have the opportunity to plant and tend to their own gardens. Each senior-living community may offer different amenities geared toward the level of independence of its residents.
Wellness, Activities, and Volunteerism
Not only is Kisco Senior Living committed to the health and happiness of its residents, but it also provides the opportunity for seniors to give back to the communities. A number of Kisco senior- living communities organize fundraisers for local nonprofit groups, such as food drives and clothing, toiletries, and other everyday necessities for the less fortunate. The sense of community is also palpable through photos of seniors participating in walks to raise funds to raise awareness of certain causes.
Kisco Senior Living also believes wellness programs are crucial for its residents to live a long and happy life. To that end, the company advocates its "Art of Living Well" philosophy, incorporating it into every aspect of its wellness programs and services. The company states that "wellness is truly the combination of many factors that both strengthen and enhance the mind, body, and spirit and involves the whole human experience encompassing the primary aspects of a healthy lifestyle: emotional, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational." Those six factors drive the professional wellness directors employed by Kisco in a full-time capacity so that senior residents have access to individual assessments and periodic seminars through which they can improve their health and quality of life.
Residents at Kisco Senior Living's communities have access to exercise equipment, and personal trainers and specific programs encourage active seniors to make lifestyle changes through new perspectives. Specialized services may include meditation sessions and personalized wellness programs.
Every September, Kisco Senior Living's communities celebrate Active Aging Week by hosting intergenerational activities such as dancing, games, and sports to bring together residents, family members, and friends of all ages. Often, singers and musicians entertain residents and their guests.
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